GRIFFIN ENRIGHT ARCHITECTS: Mandeville Canyon ResidenceModern Living Room, Los Angeles
Large telescoping doors disappear to connect the living room to the terrain beyond creating an open corner.
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2. Opening SizeWith some manufacturers offering lift and slide configurations exceeding 50 feet in width and 12 feet in height, the opportunities for connecting a living room to the great outdoors are virtually limitless. There are some physical limitations, however, as you can imagine; the opening size is governed by structural constraints.
A lift/slide door can have a single track that each panel uses until the panels reach the sides, where multiple tracks will start. For the most part, the track is inconspicuous, while the panels neatly fold up and disappear into an adjacent wall. It's a truly wondrous way to have the largest opening possible.Cost. Expect to pay a few thousands to several thousand dollars depending on size, materials, configuration, etc. While this type of door is more costly than a standard two-panel sliding glass door, the ability to get a really large wall of glass may be worth it. Plan on budgeting into five figures.
This house, on the other hand, opens up to an expansive horizontal view of Mandeville Canyon east of San Francisco. Still, the view is broken up by columns that alternate with trees in the foreground. The sheltering aspect of the view is very strong, as the living room extends to a covered porch.